'Identity Thief' Beats 'Warm Bodies' To Top US Box Office

Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy

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Everyone likes a laugh - so it's not super surprising that new comedy 'Identity Thief' jumped into the lead at the US box office over the weekend.

Bad weather might be keeping many people inside, but the Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy movie still attracted enough cinemagoers to take $36 million dollars.

Nicholas Hoult rom-zom-rom 'Warm Bodies' is at No2 with $11.6 million, followed by 'Side Effects', 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters'.

BAFTA nominee Jessica Chastain currently has two films in the US top 10, with 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Mama' in at 6 and 7 respectively.

Melissa McCarthy at the 'Identity Thief' premiere, 4 February, LA, California (Wenn Photos)

'Identity Thief' has been subjected to a critical panning, but most reviewers have praised Melissa McCarthy, who also appeared in 2011's acclaimed 'Bridesmaids'. She's currently in talks with New Line to direct the comedy 'Tammy', about a woman who loses her job and leaves her adulterous husband in order to take a road trip with her feisty grandmother.

Jason Bateman is said to be currently working on a Warner Brothers project that might involve Zac Efron and Goldie Hawn, according to insiders at the Hollywood Reporter.